People who spend a lot of time on the internet are more likely to be depressed, lonely and mentally unstable, a study found.

By | 2017-05-31T01:18:45+00:00 May 31st, 2017|Categories: Healthy|Tags: , , |

A study has shown that the more someone uses Facebook, the less satisfied he is with life.

 

Kross E, Verduyn P, Demiralp E, Park J, Lee DS, Lin N, et al. (2013) Facebook Use Predicts Declines in Subjective Well-Being in Young Adults. PLoS ONE 8(8): e69841. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0069841

A study shows a new way to get patient information.

By | 2017-05-19T15:27:50+00:00 May 19th, 2017|Categories: Healthy|Tags: |

For many diseases, early detection is key to healing. Many patients are nervous about revealing the symptoms of their conditions. This study shows that they are okay with drawing pictures of their problem.

Instead of asking a patient to talk about a problem, ask them to draw whatever their issue is. This worked with melanoma patients. This kind of indirect questioning could save lives.

Scott, S., Birt, L., Cavers, D., Shah, N., Campbell, C., & Walter, F. (2015). Patient drawings of their melanoma: A novel approach to understanding symptom perception and appraisal prior to health care Psychology & Health, 30 (9), 1035-1048 DOI: 10.1080/08870446.2015.1016943

Link: https://digest.bps.org.uk/2015/07/16/psychologists-asked-these-skin-cancer-patients-to-draw-their-melanomas/

Running, even 5 to 10 min/day, reduces risks of death from all causes.

By | 2017-05-14T03:59:34+00:00 May 14th, 2017|Categories: Healthy|Tags: , |

Although running is a popular physical activity, we don’t know about the long-term effects of running on mortality.
 
We examined this associations in 55,137 adults, 18 to 100 years of age.
 
Compared with nonrunners, runners had 30% and 45% lower adjusted risks of mortality. It gave them a 3-year life expectancy benefit.
 
Weekly running even <51 min, <6 miles, 1 to 2 times, was enough to reduce risk of mortality.
 
Running, even 5 to 10 min/day and at slow speeds <6 miles/h, reduces risks of death from all causes and cardiovascular disease.

Children who are touched and hugged by their mothers are more relaxed and have calmer minds.

By | 2017-04-13T13:13:34+00:00 April 13th, 2017|Categories: Healthy|Tags: , , , |

The research has some serious limitations. The possible unknown factors are driving differences in amounts of touch and in the children’s brain development like genes.

Bigelow, A. E., Power, M., MacLellan-Peters, J., Alex, M., & McDonald, C. (2012). Effect of mother-infant skin-to-skin contact on postpartum depression and maternal physiological stress.  Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 41, 369-382.

Researchers recorded a fragment of speech from middle-aged women with rheumatoid arthritis and breast cancer.

By | 2017-04-11T13:23:08+00:00 April 11th, 2017|Categories: Healthy, Relationships|Tags: , |

They found that those who swore in the company of other people had increased depression. What more, those same people also lost social support.

The study has its limitations, as the sample. Swearing by women has an adverse effect on their social support. Particularly, societal norms dictate that women shouldn’t swear. The same study performed with young men may produce another result.

Robbins, M., Focella, E., Kasle, S., López, A., Weihs, K., and Mehl, M. (2011). Naturalistically observed swearing, emotional support, and depressive symptoms in women coping with illness. Health Psychology DOI: 10.1037/a0023431

Intelligence is connected with sperm quality

By | 2017-04-10T15:04:10+00:00 April 10th, 2017|Categories: Healthy|Tags: , |

Researchers found correlations between intelligence and sperm concentration, sperm count, and sperm motility. The sample consisted of 405 U.S. Army Veterans. Scientists took notice of age, body mass index, days of sexual abstinence, service in Vietnam, or use of alcohol or drugs.

Rosalind Arden, Linda Gottfredson, Intelligence and Semen Quality are Positively Correlated, Intelligence 37(3):277-282 · May 2009, DOI: 10.1016/j.intell.2008.11.001

 

A high-sugar diet shortens the lives of flies…

By | 2017-04-07T13:39:31+00:00 April 7th, 2017|Categories: Healthy|Tags: , , |

even after their diet improves. This is because the sugar diet leads to long-term reprogramming of gene expression.

The gene is also important for humans, so the findings may have broad implications for us.

The research team fed a healthy diet containing 5% sugar to one group and the other group was given 40% sugar. After three weeks both groups of flies ate healthy food. Flies live about 90 days, and they ate sugar for 23% of their life. This corresponds to approximately 17 years of our human life.

Even after healthy diet, the flies with a high-sugar diet started to die earlier average had 7% it means 5 human years.

Maybe now the question rise: is it better live longer or more pleasure?

Drugs work a little bit better than a placebo

By | 2017-04-10T14:29:30+00:00 April 6th, 2017|Categories: Healthy|Tags: , |

In 2008, a psychologist analyzed all the test data on drugs used for curing depression. He concluded that the extra benefit of the drug versus the placebo was not meaningful. He said this was for those with mild to moderate depression.

Kirsch, Irving. “Antidepressants and the Placebo Effect.Zeitschrift Fur Psychologie 222.3 (2014): 128–134. PMC. Web. 6 Apr. 2017.

Kirsch I1, Deacon BJ, “Initial severity and antidepressant benefits: a meta-analysis of data submitted to the Food and Drug Administration.”; PLoS Med. 2008 Feb;5(2):e45. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0050045.

Walking will help your mood

By | 2017-03-24T17:17:11+00:00 March 24th, 2017|Categories: Healthy|Tags: |

A study on college students found that walking will improve mood. This study had groups under varied conditions walk around campus.

Students who spent 12 minutes walking around campus or inside buildings reported a more positive mood than others.

They reported having more vigor, self-confidence, and attentiveness after the walk.

Others spent the same amount of time sitting and looking at photographs or watching a video of the same campus.

 

Miller JC, Krizan Z “Walking facilitates positive affect (even when expecting the opposite).” Emotion, August 2016